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[SLUG] Re: Wht the Old Junk in New *nix?
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- Subject: [SLUG] Re: Wht the Old Junk in New *nix?
- From: Angus Lees <gusl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Jul 11 12:16:29 2000
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On Tue, Jul 11, 2000 at 11:46:44AM +1000, Matthew Dalton wrote:
> You start up a shell in an emacs window and then try to run vi in that
> shell (no flames about running vi under emacs, please :) but it wont
> start because it doesn't understand the 'emacs' terminal type.
that's a bug with your emacs install then.. try reading the docs for
term (or whatever it uses), the emacs term config might exist on your
drive but isn't installed in a transparent manner.
> Don't even get me started about Alt/Meta keys etc... it's times like
> that you say crazy things like 'thank Bill for the windows keys'...
yes, its nice to see keyboards getting meta keys again.
we can only wait for hyper and super to make their triumphant return.
> Why keyboard configuration is not being handled only in the kernel and
> nowhere else is beyond me. Perhaps someone can explain the historical
> reasons behind it. Historical reasons aside though, is there any reason
> why Linux shouldn't buck the trend and be consistent?
because different programs want the keys to do different things.
alt and left/right switch consoles (when on a console), but under X, i
might want them to do something different (like switch virtual
desktops) and i would want quake to leave them as alt and an arrow
key. it would be impractical to code all possible uses for the keys
into the one place (esp into the kernel).
conforming to a standard is a different matter, however.
if you find any debian programs that don't conform to the "debian
keyboard policy" then please register a bug against it. other
distributions hopefully have something similar.